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John Bresnahan / Politico:
House Dems warn Omar in ‘imminent danger’ after Trump rally chants  —  House Democrats erupted in fury Thursday over President Donald Trump's attacks on freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar at his reelection rally, fearful that crowd chants of “send her back” have personally endangered her and her family.
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
A Fascist Trump Rally In Greenville  —  Scholars say the rally — where Trump supporters chanted “Send her back!” about Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar — is an escalation in America's slide toward fascism.  —  GREENVILLE, N.C. — Mark and Nancy Dawson think Muslims should be removed from the United States.
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
Jake Tapper Appears to Have Taken a Break From Truth-Telling  —  Late this afternoon, after increasing tensions among the House Democratic caucus seemed to pause in the wake of Donald Trump's racist tweets about Reps. Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib, CNN anchor Jake Tapper had some news.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
House Republican campaign chairman says there's no place for ‘send her back’ language  —  The chairman of House Republicans' campaign arm on Thursday criticized the “send her back” chant that animated the crowd at Donald Trump's Wednesday night rally and added a dimension to the president's attacks on four Democratic freshman women.
Associated Press:
Trump leans on issue of race in bid for a 2nd term in 2020  —  NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his reelection campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term.  —  Every successful modern presidential campaign …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
McConnell: Trump ‘on to something’ with attacks on four congresswomen  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that Donald Trump is “on to something” with his inflammatory attacks against four congresswomen, attempting to frame the president's racist rhetoric as rooted …
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
Alan Fram / Associated Press:   Trump says not happy with backers' ‘send her back’ chant
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:   House Democrats move to tamp down internal feud, delete tweets that sparked infighting
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Trump falsely claims he tried to stop ‘Send her back!’ chants about Rep. Ilhan Omar
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Lay Out 2020 Strategy to Paint Democrats as Radicals
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Wire
Axios:
Shifting demographics are the biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability
Discussion: Associated Press
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Trump says he disagrees with ‘send her back’ chants, despite fanning flames for days
Discussion: IJR and Breitbart
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant, Claims He Tried to Stop It: ‘I Was Not Happy’
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Trump says he disagrees with ‘send her back’ …
NBC News:
FBI believed Trump was closely involved in hush-money scheme, unsealed documents show  —  The release of the previously redacted documents came one day after the judge in the case disclosed that prosecutors had concluded their probe into Cohen's campaign finance crimes.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Unsealed warrants just directly implicated Trump in porn star hush money felony  —  Newly unsealed documents from the search warrants used to break open the case against Trump's personal lawyer have finally implicated President Trump directly in his illegal efforts to cover up his extramarital affair …
Discussion: New York Times, Althouse and Axios
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
New Cohen documents reveal calls with Trump, National Enquirer publisher before payment  —  President Donald Trump and his campaign may have had prior knowledge of a deal to silence Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who allegedly engaged in an extra-marital affair with the then-presidential candidate …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and The Gateway Pundit
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:
Michael Cohen Files Implicate Trump, Hope Hicks and David Pecker  —  MANHATTAN (CN) - Three years after the “Access Hollywood” tapes sent shot waves of panic through the Trump campaign and the publishers of the National Enquirer, hundreds of pages of new search warrant materials unsealed on Thursday catalogue the cover-up that ensued.
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Prosecutors Reveal Details From Michael Cohen Investigation
Joshua Eaton / ThinkProgress:   New court docs implicate Trump in the illegal hush-money scheme that landed Cohen in jail
Ursula Perano / Axios:
FBI believed Trump was in contact with Cohen, Hope Hicks over hush money payments
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Trump directly involved in talks that led to Stormy Daniels payment, FBI says
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Contractor Allegedly Threatened to Kill Congresswoman Over Vaccine Bill  —  Feds charged Darryl Varnum in late June after he told a member he was ‘gonna kill your ass if you do that bill.’  —  A Pentagon cybersecurity contractor has been charged with threatening to kill a member …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Wall Street Journal:
Judge Denies Jeffrey Epstein's Bail Request  —  Financier will remain in jail while awaiting his trial on sex-trafficking charges  —  Financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain in jail while awaiting his trial on sex-trafficking charges, a federal judge ruled Thursday, rejecting his request …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Boing Boing
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever  —  The conservative intelligentsia flocked to the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., this week for the National Conservatism Conference, an opportunity for people who may never have punched a time clock to declare their eternal enmity toward elites …
Discussion: Vox
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Obama and Clinton's bundlers are betting on these 3 candidates  —  Big-money Democratic donors have jumped off the sidelines of the presidential race, and three candidates are the clear winners of their support: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris.  —  Each of those three candidates received …
Discussion: Fox News, New York Times and NBC News
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Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:   Hollywood stars open wallets to Buttigieg's 2020 campaign
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Iran makes ‘substantial’ nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions  —  Iran has offered a deal with the US in which it would formally and permanently accept enhanced inspections of its nuclear programme, in return for the permanent lifting of US sanctions.
Elizabeth Warren / Team Warren:
End Wall Street's Stranglehold On Our Economy  —  Last month, I announced my economic patriotism agenda — a commitment to fundamentally change the government's approach to the economy so we put American workers and middle-class prosperity ahead of multinational profits and Wall Street bonuses.
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CNN:
Elizabeth Warren's new plan targets Wall Street and private equity ‘vampires’
Saagar Enjeti / The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Career officials rebut claims of White House interference in security clearance process  —  Two career White House security officials have testified in a closed door session with the House Oversight Committee that no political pressure was asserted on their office …
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
The Alaska village where every cop has been convicted of domestic violence  —  Dozens of convicted criminals have been hired as cops in Alaska communities.  Often, they are the only applicants.  In Stebbins, every cop has a criminal record, including the chief.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Just a random group of ‘Republicans’?  CNN doesn't tell the whole story about a Trump-loving panel  —  There's no question that the panel of women CNN interviewed about President Trump liked him a lot and don't think he's a racist, despite a congressional resolution to the contrary on Tuesday.
Quartz:
William Barr's donations to Senate Republicans spiked just before they confirmed him as attorney general  —  In between stints as US attorney general for George HW Bush in the early 90s and now for Donald Trump, while making millions as an executive at Verizon and a lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis …
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Pew Research Center:
Democrats' Ratings of Party's 2020 Field: Better Than in 2016, Similar to 2008  —  Early attention to presidential campaign hits a 30-year high  —  With a large slate of candidates to choose from and the first primary votes still more than six months off, Democratic voters express relatively high levels …
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Epstein Scandal Brings Legal Titans to Blows  —  Four-year battle between David Boies, Alan Dershowitz turns uglier following financier's arrest  —  The arrest of Jeffrey Epstein is escalating a long-simmering fight between two of the nation's best-known lawyers, Alan Dershowitz and David Boies.
Discussion: Politico
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Scaramucci disinvited from Florida GOP fundraiser for bashing Trump's ‘racially charged’ attacks  —  The Palm Beach County GOP disinvited Anthony Scaramucci from addressing its annual fundraising event after the short-lived White House communications director criticized President Trump's …
Madeline Peltz / Newsweek:
I'm Paid to Watch Tucker Carlson Each Night.  Don't Tell Me This Rant About Ilhan Omar Isn't Shocking |  Opinion  —  Tucker Carlson raced to the defense of President Donald Trump and his racist tweets against “the Squad” this week, accusing the four non-white Democratic congresswomen …
 
 
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
Steve Ricchetti, Top Biden Campaign Aide, Was a Health-Care Lobbyist
Discussion: Associated Press, IJR and Fortune
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
DHS chief decries ‘child recycling’ at border, recalls migrant who ‘bought’ infant for $80 to exploit loopholes
Discussion: Politico
Carol Anderson / TIME:
Republicans Want a White Republic. They'll Destroy America to Get It
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Grindr Had Dreams To Make The World Better For Queer People.  Then A Chinese Gaming Company Bought It.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Democrats Can't Take Their Own Medicine
CNN:
House passes $15 minimum wage bill
Kyle Kondik / Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
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 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Mt. Vernon Has 2 Mayors, and Its Police Commissioner Was Just Arrested
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Future of the City Is Childless
Agence France-Presse:
‘You had the Nobel Prize?’ Trump learns of Yazidi activist Murad
Kaitlyn Folmer / ABC News:
Former IT contractor for Jeffrey Epstein says he quit over concerns about revealing pictures and topless young women
Discussion: New York Post
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Where Is Ivanka?  —  Ivanka Trump wants it both ways.
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Inga Saffron and Stu Bykofsky Absolutely Savaged Each Other at Stu's Farewell Party
Discussion: Billy Penn